Photographers Will Relate to This Filmmaker’s Thoughts on Depression

Don’t let the Photoshopped facades fool you, creatives of all stripes deal with depression. That’s the topic of this short-but-important video by Rob of Rob & Jonas’ Filmmaking Tips. Rob is a filmmaker, but many photographers will instantly relate to the thoughts he shares in this video.

Rob wasn’t suffering from depression when he filmed this video-in fact, he’s never been officially diagnosed-but he’s suffered seriously in the past and wanted to address the subject directly to his fellow filmmakers and the creative community at large.

“Over the last 5 years, I’ve had two 6-month periods where I was very down-I was depressed,” he writes. “I never went to see a doctor so I wasn’t diagnosed, but I realize that this action of not taking action was part of a bigger problem we all have in this filmmaking world. The more I started to tell people the more I realized it was everyone’s secret”

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Rob believes this is such a big problem for creatives for two reasons. (1) Your job is to present a picture-perfect image to the world, whether or not that’s what you’re experiencing; and (2) as perpetual freelancers, you will struggle with feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness that frequently result from comparing yourself to the other creatives out there.

Of course, you’re comparing your reality to their curated online persona, but that thought doesn’t cross your mind when you’re depressed. You simply feel alone-uniquely, completely, imperially alone, to quote the great David Foster Wallace.

That, in reality, is what this video is trying to remedy. It’s Rob’s attempt to shout “You are NOT alone” into the creative void, in the hopes that someone, anyone struggling with this will hear him.

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The Most Iconic Muhammad Ali Photo Ever Taken is Up for Auction

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Neil Leifer‘s photograph of Muhammad Ali standing over a knocked out Sonny Liston is, without a doubt, the most iconic image of the heavyweight champion ever captured. And now, you can own the photographer’s own print of the photo, signed by Ali himself.

Leifer, a prolific sports photographer who captured over 200 Sports Illustrated covers, is selling off his photography collection through Guernsey’s auction house in NYC. Many of the prints are his own, some are not, but all of them are incredible.

To give you an idea of just how great this collection is, in addition to the Ali vs Liston shot, it also includes a print of Eisenstaedt’s VJ Day kiss, Rosenthal’s marines raising the flag over Iwo Jima, and many of Leifer’s own spectacular Sports Illustrated cover shots.

The jewel, though, has to be the Ali print, signed by the late great boxer himself.

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If you’re lucky (and rich) enough to win the signed 11 x 14 dye transfer print, you’re not just getting the photo. You’ll also own Leifer’s credentials for the dressing room, the weigh-in, the fight, and the original envelope they all came in.

Just be ready to pay out the nose for this item. The official auction of Leifer’s own photos is on Sunday, but bidding is already open online, where the Ali/Listen photo’s starting bid is listed as $160,000. And that’s just for the print… SI still own the rights to the image itself.


Image credits: Photos courtesy of Guernsey’s

Oldest Known Nikon Camera Sold for a Whopping $409,000 at Auction

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The oldest surviving Nikon camera is now also the most expensive. We reported back in October that the third Nikon 1 rangefinder ever made would be hitting the auction block at Westlicht with an estimated max value of $200,000. Well, that camera just sold for roughly $406,000, more than double the original estimate.

The final hammer price of the auction, including fees paid by the buyer, was €384,000, or about $406,000. It seems that some collector really wanted this piece of history from one of the top camera brands in the industry.

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In case you missed hearing about this camera the first time around, here’s what the auction’s description stated:

The earliest known surviving production Nikon in the world! Nikon started in March 1948 to assemble cameras (with serial number 60922). The offered camera is one of two cameras made in April 1948 and the 3rd of all Nikon production cameras. It comes with the original early Nikkor-H 2/5cm no.70811 (this is the 11th lens made, with matching Nikon cap) and is still in fantastic original condition.

Still containing the original shutter, the camera was from the collection of the famous Japanese camera collector Tad Sato, who we’re guessing is very pleased at how the auction went.